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One of the trail signs with the new observation tower and lake in the background. (Roseanne Van Ee photo)

Get Outdoors! and go birdwatching in Vernon

Swan Lake is one of the most important waterfowl areas in southern B.C.

  • Sep 4, 2021
One of the trail signs with the new observation tower and lake in the background. (Roseanne Van Ee photo)
After breakfast

TAYLOR: The spirituality of soapy water

Life and Faith columnist rediscovers the beauty in mundane chores

  • Sep 2, 2021
After breakfast
The Fig owner David Scarlatescu and Wings owner Sherman Dahl respond to the province’s new proof of vaccination program which will take effect Sept. 13.
(Carole Fawcett - Contributed)

Behind the Mask: COVID-19 vaccine cards see mixed feelings from Vernon restaurants

Dining indoors, patios will require proof of vaccination as of Sept. 13

  • Sep 2, 2021
The Fig owner David Scarlatescu and Wings owner Sherman Dahl respond to the province’s new proof of vaccination program which will take effect Sept. 13.
(Carole Fawcett - Contributed)
scales of justice (File phto)

Kootnekoff: Taking a break

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, her diverse legal career spans over 20 years

  • Aug 31, 2021
scales of justice (File phto)
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact many B.C. ridings

At the federal level, the Green Party led by Elizabeth May held three of the 42 seats in B.C. not so long ago

  • Aug 30, 2021
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
A Gardener’s Diary columnist Jocelyne Sewell had to say goodbye to her dog, Molly.
(Jocelyne Sewell - Contributed)

A Gardener’s Diary: An unforgettable summer

Forest fires, COVID-19 pandemic and heat wave made gardening extra challenging

  • Aug 30, 2021
A Gardener’s Diary columnist Jocelyne Sewell had to say goodbye to her dog, Molly.
(Jocelyne Sewell - Contributed)
Wild Sky Sisters

Wild Sky Sisters: Virgo season, earth healers unite

Wild Sky Sisters is a joint venture between Angela Moffitt and Tamara McLellan

  • Aug 30, 2021
Wild Sky Sisters
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)

FINLAYSON: Time for a ‘health check’ on the tourism industry as summer winds down

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Aug 26, 2021
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)
An Elections Canada voter information card is shown on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021. Canadians are at the polls for the federal election today, September 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

COLUMN: Election outcome won’t make everyone happy

Most Canadian elections have seen minority of voter support for governing party

An Elections Canada voter information card is shown on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021. Canadians are at the polls for the federal election today, September 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)

Poised for majority or upset? Hopes and fears in 1st week of Canada’s election campaign

First week of this short five-week federal election campaign kicked off with appearances in B.C.

  • Aug 23, 2021
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)
Haying time on the Caravan Farm. (Photo courtesy of Nick Hutchinson)

Column: The early days of the Caravan Farm Theatre

Shuswap Passion by Jim Cooperman

  • Aug 21, 2021
Haying time on the Caravan Farm. (Photo courtesy of Nick Hutchinson)
Andrew McWilliam, co-owner and manager of Ratio Coffee & Pastry, was quick to adapt amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 
(Carole Fawcett - Contributed)

Behind the Mask: Vaccinated and caffeinated

Vernon’s Ratio Coffee & Pastry quick to adapt to pandemic hurdles

  • Aug 19, 2021
Andrew McWilliam, co-owner and manager of Ratio Coffee & Pastry, was quick to adapt amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 
(Carole Fawcett - Contributed)
Old open book with library background

COLUMN: Make it personal!

Columnist Jim Taylor says you have to make it count before they listen

  • Aug 17, 2021
Old open book with library background
In this Sept. 23, 2011 photo, cashier Joyce Mackie bags groceries as a customer uses a self-serve checkout station at a Big Y supermarket in Manchester, Conn. A growing number of supermarket chains are bagging their self-serve checkout lanes, saying they can offer better customer service when clerks help shoppers directly. Big Y Foods, which has more than 60 southern New England locations, recently became the latest to announce it’s phasing them out. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

COLUMN: Automated checkouts are altering the job market

There has been a growing opposition to these devices, especially in the past few months

In this Sept. 23, 2011 photo, cashier Joyce Mackie bags groceries as a customer uses a self-serve checkout station at a Big Y supermarket in Manchester, Conn. A growing number of supermarket chains are bagging their self-serve checkout lanes, saying they can offer better customer service when clerks help shoppers directly. Big Y Foods, which has more than 60 southern New England locations, recently became the latest to announce it’s phasing them out. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin shares a moment with an old growth tree. (Contributed)

TAYLOR: If the old trees could speak

We could learn something from our trees, columnist Jim Taylor says

  • Aug 12, 2021
Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin shares a moment with an old growth tree. (Contributed)
Crews battle the White Rock Lake fire, which has some Westwold residents under evacuation order and even more on alert. (Brent Robertson photo)

Get Outdoors! and do your part to slow climate change

Columnist Roseanne Van Ee says we must tread lighter before it’s too late

  • Aug 4, 2021
Crews battle the White Rock Lake fire, which has some Westwold residents under evacuation order and even more on alert. (Brent Robertson photo)
The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)
The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)
Two Interior Health staff talk about the ramifications caused by those who choose to refuse COVID-19 protocols. (Rahmat Gul - AP file photo)
Two Interior Health staff talk about the ramifications caused by those who choose to refuse COVID-19 protocols. (Rahmat Gul - AP file photo)
Purslane is a weed related to succulents that thrives in heat. (File photo)

A Gardener’s Diary: Skip the weed killer, eat this one

Gardener Jocelyne Sewell looks at the purslane weed growing rampant in this heat

  • Jul 24, 2021
Purslane is a weed related to succulents that thrives in heat. (File photo)
Wild Sky Sisters

Wild Sky Sisters: Cosmic Unconditional Love

Wild Sky Sisters is a joint venture between Angela Moffitt and Tamara McLellan

  • Jul 23, 2021
Wild Sky Sisters